Posted by Sam Dunne
| 17 Nov 2010
India based fashion designer Mridu Sahai has created this intriguing collection, inspired by objects more commonly associated with architecture and interiors than clothing.
Incorporating all sorts of hooks, grills, handles and latches,"Fittings" is intended to "reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary" and the beauty in everyday, functional objects. Mridu is also interested in the gender conflict created in the clash of textiles and hardware.
Posted by core jr
| 9 Nov 2010
Marloes ten Bhömer is an experimental shoemaker who is exploring new possibilities in fabrication and fitting provided by 3D-printing. Rapidprototypedshoe, shown here, is breated through sintered plastic plumer, into the shape of one's foot. A fantastic solution if, like many, you're two feet aren't exactly the same size.
If 3D shoe printing takes off, we wonder other materials could be used to create a shoe that can stretch, bend, and be repaired? Bhömer has just started to address that by designing a shoe that comes apart in layers, allowing for different material properties and easy replacement of worn-out parts.
Posted by Frank Bonomo
| 8 Nov 2010
UK product development firm Special Agent introduces their own branded line of performance travel bags titled BodyKit. The series of bags offer transformational wearing styles allowing you to keep your personal items close while actively making your way around the busy city. Take their chest-strapped bulletproof looking bodygrip for example. Imagine you're on your way to that top-secret meeting on the 30th floor of a high rise building, leaping parkour-style from ledge to ledge, with your iPad strapped to your chest. Without breaking a sweat, you unfold your pack into a stylish shoulder bag, assuming your casual identity upon arrival. Relax.
With specially designed laser cut steel fittings, Bodykit promises to allow limitless adaptability and play thanks to Special Agent's use of high quality materials and years of experience designing gear for the UK's elite military forces. Check out the full line of products, and become inspired to think of what your design firm could develop on the side.
Posted by core jr
| 1 Nov 2010
Veronika Scott, a junior at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, has embarked on a quest to help over 32,000 homeless Detroiters by providing them with something basic, but much needed: a winter coat. The problem of the immense number of homeless is exacerbated by the lack of funding for proper shelters, leaving half of them out in the cold. As Scott points out, "for those who have no home, their coat is also their shelter," so rather than just clothe those in need, she's developed a hybrid shelter and garment—the coat turns into a sleeping bag, using body heat captured during the day to provide extra warmth at night.
The Element S coat is made from Tyvek and wool, simple enough to be made by first time sewers, and, in fact, designed to be. Scott hopes the production of these coats will teach people new skills, help them find employment, and inspire a sense of pride.